Greater Manchester police shut down 660 parties in one week

The Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning after 1,132 lockdown breaches

In a statement urging the public to follow social distancing guidelines, the Greater Manchester Police reported that “last weekend saw a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 breaches”.

Greater Manchester Police were called out to 494 house parties between the 25th of March and 7th of April.

The force also shut down 166 street parties, 122 group sporting activities, 173 gatherings in parks and 112 incidents of anti-social behaviour/public disorder.

According to the Manchester Evening News, some of the house parties had bouncy castles, DJs and fireworks.

The map shows sporting activities, house parties, anti-social behaviour incidents, street parties and outdoor gatherings.

GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We understand the desire people will have to spend time with family and friends over the Easter period, however it is vital that we follow the government guidelines.

“The single most important action we can take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to save lives.”

The government has strengthened police enforcement powers in response to coronavirus, which includes fines for breaches of social distancing rules. Lockdown measures are also expected to tighten if the public continue to ignore the rules and as the death toll rises.

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